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21 December 2014 Last updated at 19:17 ET

NHS to start era of DNA-medicine DNA

The NHS is setting up 11 centres to unlock the secrets of DNA and develop tests and drugs to target cancer and rare genetic diseases.

Boy using asthma inhalerAsthma inhalers 'not used properly'

Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Dr Haruko ObokataStem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

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Health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia August 17, 2014.Ebola crisis

Latest news, features and maps as West Africa battles world's worst outbreak of killer disease

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Fergus Walsh Article written by Fergus Walsh Fergus Walsh Medical correspondent

Superbugs to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050

Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says.

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Features & Analysis

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    Bitter regrets in one of the world's cosmetic surgery capitals

  • Atul GawandeSimple solutions

    Atul Gawande on what ails India's public health system

  • MosquitoBeating malaria

    How are we winning the fight against the disease?

  • A patient in an isolation room'Hell on Earth'

    Inside the 'world's most dangerous' hospital

  • Betty Blessed long life

    Diet, exercise and faith bring old age joy to California community

  • Hospital wardWitness statements

    Why the NHS should listen to 'citizen whistleblowers'


    Why is virus so 'successful'?

  • Pregnant womanBump numbers

    Is it true that one in three US teenagers gets pregnant?

  • Margaret and David in Mombasa, KenyaPopping pills

    Overcoming fear and stigma to take anti-Aids drugs

  • Sex doctor

    The TV phone-in giving a voice to frustrated Pakistanis

  • Patient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread

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